Jane Altes presents Mary Guadrón with the award.
(SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Sept. 27, 2012) SUNY Empire State College Mentor and Assistant Professor Mary Guadrón, Ph.D., has received the 2012 Altes Prize for Exemplary Community Service for her volunteer work with the Saratoga County Office for the Aging’s Ombudsman Program.
Named for Jane W. Altes, former long-time vice president of academic affairs and interim president of the college from 1998-00, the Altes Prize is awarded by the college annually to recognize exemplary community service by a college faculty member who applies his or her academic expertise to address important community issues.
The award carries with it a cash prize of $2,500; Guadrón is donating the funds to benefit long-term care residents in Saratoga County.
Acting President Benke with Mary Guadrón
“Mary Guadrón epitomizes both the principles and the spirit of the Altes Prize,” said college Acting President Meg Benke. “Her work as a volunteer in service to seniors and adults with disabilities that reside in nursing homes and long-term care facilities is an example for all of us. I am very proud of her accomplishments and pleased that she is a member of our faculty.”
“We are so pleased that Mary is being recognized with this distinguished award. She is such a quiet, private person, one of our unsung heroes,” said Bridget Nettleton, dean of the college’s nursing program. “Her work is noteworthy and important, as she cares and advocates for vulnerable populations. Mary was nominated by her nursing program colleagues and they are all proud to be present and cheer Mary on.”
“We are grateful for the many and various ways Mary has generously contributed to the ombudsman program and the residents of the long-term care facilities where she volunteers,” said Denise Yannaci, long-term care ombudsman program coordinator for the Saratoga County Office of the Aging. “She is an asset to our program and to the community. Residents are better served thanks to her hard work and dedication.”
“I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Jane Altes and SUNY Empire State College for this prestigious award,” said Guadrón. “I am humbled to be a part of this incredible community and the service work done by so many across our college globally, including our students. Volunteering keeps me involved with health-care issues and makes me a better educator. Integrating service-learning into our nursing curriculum benefits both students and the community. Thank you very much for this tremendous honor recognizing my work and that of the Saratoga County Office for the Aging’s long-term care ombudsman program.”
2007 Recipient Joyce McKnight, Mary Guadrón and 2011 recipient Sheila Marie Aird
Altes presented the award to Guadrón at a recent event in her honor. Also in attendance were last year’s winner, Sheila Marie Aird, Ph.D., and 2007 Altes Prize recipient Joyce McKnight, Ph.D.
About Mary Guadrón
As a volunteer ombudsman with the Saratoga County Office of the Aging ombudsman program, Guadrón applies her academic expertise to advocate for the rights of older adults and persons with disabilities who reside in long-term care facilities. In this volunteer position, she educates residents and caregivers about their rights to quality care and quality of life and mediates sensitive situations between residents and facilities.
Guadrón joined the college and its nursing program in January 2009 as an assistant professor. She holds a Ph.D. in nursing from Binghamton University, a Master of Science in Nursing from Sage Graduate School, a Master of Science in Information Science from the University at Albany and a graduate certificate in health care informatics from Excelsior College. She is certified as a nurse educator by the National League of Nursing and licensed as a family nurse-practitioner in New York state. In her role as an FNP, she has worked with many vulnerable patients, including the elderly and disabled, throughout her long and distinguished career.
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